Frog Fruit (Lippia nodiflora) OUT TIL FALL

Frog Fruit (Lippia nodiflora)

OUT TIL FALL 2017 Because of drought we have not had a crop of Frog Fruit to harvest the past 3 to 4 years. Sorry for the inconvenience. Our hope is that next harvest will be prosperous. Thank you for understanding!

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<p>Frog Fruit</p> Frog Fruit (Lippia nodiflora), despite its funny name is not really a fruit for frogs. This small prostrate spreading perennial forb has soft green leaves when water is plentiful and blooms from spring through fall. It is widespread in tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions. It makes an excellent ground cover and has been suggested as a lawn substitute. In the warmer regions and those protected from frosts Frog Fruit will grow as an evergreen. Despite spreading energetically it is not an invasive plant. Frog Fruit is generally found growing in moist sandy soils or rocky areas. While it prefers moderately fertile soils it will grow in soils with lower fertility. Frog Fruit has a definite preference for sunlight and while it will grow in shady areas it tends to make considerably more vegetation and produces less blooms. Despite being drought tolerant it does much better with good watering. In extremely dry areas Frog Fruit tends to stay close to the ground reaching a height of 3 to 6 inches. However, in wetter, shady conditions or when given additional water it tends to be more upright and can attain heights of around 8 inches. Frog Fruit propagates from seeds, root division and will also transplant easily from cuttings. The bloom clusters are round and compact, measuring about 0.5 to 0.8 inches in diameter. The tiny blossoms open in a ring and vary in color from pale pink to white. The blooms throats tend to be orange to yellow in color. Despite their soft looking appearance the leaves of Frog Fruit tend to be stiff and have distinct serrations around their edges. Cattle, white-tailed deer and other herbivores will graze the leaves and it also provides a food source for butterflies. [TABLE=55] Frog Fruit Flower and Seed Head
Frog Fruit flower Close Up

Frog Fruit Flower Close Up

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